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Anger and Kindness

Fierce mama Ganesha
Episode No. 38

Shambhavi riffs on kindness, fierce compassion, your natural Shakti and plain old being mean. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi.


FIRST WORDS FROM THE PODCAST

I grew up in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood, and most of the families were quite working class. And it was a pretty typical Irish-Catholic neighborhood in that there were huge families, and a lot of drinking, and a lot of fighting and a lot of domestic violence. So, it was quite an aggressive, violent atmosphere. My family also had a lot of aggression going on between my parents. The other thing that was going on in the neighborhood that I grew up in was there were a lot of religious and race divisions.

I lived [at the intersection] in this weird area where there was the Irish-Catholic side of the tracks, more working class, and then on the other side of the tracks was the more middle class neighborhood with a lot of Jewish people where my Aunt lived. And then, running straight through it was a little commuter train that came from downtown Philadelphia out into the middle class Jewish neighborhood and the suburbs beyond. And on that train came all these African-American people who were cleaning the houses and taking care of the kids of the people in the more middle class and upper-middle class neighborhoods. I was very aware of these divisions and the kind of meanness that prevailed in these divisions. And when I was little, I just really had this longing for people to be kinder to each other, and just to not try and hurt each other: to treat each other in a way that was not intentionally hurtful.